St. Lawrence County is the seventh most improverished county in New York State, with more than 27 percent of children living below the federally established poverty level, according to the state Department of Health. What do you feel is the biggest obstacle preventing people from rising up out of poverty and into better economic health?

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Music, parades and firework displays highlight July 4 celebrations throughout St. Lawrence County. "How do you celebrate July 4?"

What are your vacation travel plans this summer?

12.40% -- Attend community activities

34.88% -- Cook out

16.28% -- Enjoy outdoor activities

3.88% -- Travel

44.96% -- Spend time with friends and/or family

12.40% -- Camp

13.95% -- Work

34.11% -- Other

Total responses: 129

Comments: 52

Here are your comments:

Enjoy this great country that Trump is giving back to the people. Remember never vote for the Dems if you work and like your money. Build that wall.

7/9/2018 12:01 p.m.

Stayed home.

7/9/2018 7:42 a.m.

Always stay local. There is so much offered in the area and the area includes the Adirondacks just a hop and a skip from home!

7/8/2018 11:11 p.m.

Worked field day from 11 a.m. until midnight on Firemen’s Field in 97 degree heat.

7/8/2018 10:36 p.m.

With a Bang!

7/8/2018 8:07 p.m.

None of the above, but with quiet and respect.

7/8/2018 7:23 p.m.

I celebrate it by saving all I can to pay the over-inflated school taxes so they don't take what's left of my trailer. Thanks Trumptards.

7/8/2018 6:21 p.m.

Work, work, and that's it.

7/8/2018 4:16 p.m.


7/8/2018 1:05 p.m.

I can't afford to celebrate anything. I am broke from paying taxes upon taxes. I am just going to lay in the sun and let the buzzards peck away at me. Thanks Trump.

7/8/2018 9:13 a.m.

Good ole' Trump has made it possible for me to do nothin, smoke cigs and sit home makin babies. That's just what I plan on doing this summer.

7/7/2018 6:56 p.m.

Stay at home and avoid the crowds and drunks.

7/7/2018 5:23 p.m.

Praying Trump is kicked out of office.

7/7/2018 1:22 p.m.

Getting the crap scared out of me when noisy neighbors set off fireworks. And yes, they do sound like gunfire. Pets run for their lives and some never make it home. But people still continue to make this obnoxious noise. They should be shot.

7/7/2018 12:23 p.m.

And yet another July 4th celebration on July 6! It’s no longer Independence Day it’s Independence Week! I feel bad for the stress put on pets, the elderly and neighbors who have neighbors that are so unaware of anything other than themselves. It can be difficult getting up for work with a week of disrupted sleep. July 4 is one day people!

7/7/2018 8:56 a.m.

Watched them on tv.

7/6/2018 2:07 p.m.

I spend the Fourth just like any other real American, with beer and explosives! None of that crap they sell at those tents around here either. I got my stuff from down south where they get to have fun. Nearly caught my campsite on fire with the 5th round of horsetails! I drank a beer for every REAL state in the union and let my boy drive the boat for the first time (he did pretty well for 8!). I got a good deal on hot dogs from Stewarts so we all ate like kings that night and we sang the national anthem every hour! No one was on there knees either!

7/6/2018 10:10 a.m.

Enjoyed riding in the Norwood Parade with the American Legion Riders.

7/6/2018 9:10 a.m.

Catch as many fireworks displays as possible from one Saturday to the next with July 4 in the middle.

7/6/2018 8:18 a.m.

Listening to fireworks almost every night beginning July 1st trying to sleep to get up early for work the next morning. Yearly multiple day July 4th party across the river playing music loud enough for everyone in the neighborhood to listen to. Sad that people don't consider that others may not want to hear it all day! There should be designated places to set off fireworks and not last for days. It's July 4th not July 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th!

7/5/2018 2:58 p.m.

Too hot, stayed in AC.

7/5/2018 2:45 p.m.

We live on Higley Flow. We get to listen to our many neighbors and their ILLEGAL fireworks rattle our windows, terrify our dog, disturb our peace. This goes on night after night, nearly all summer long. Calls to the police get us nowhere, only to be told this activity is now legal. I was told one had to have a special license to operate such fireworks displays. I am not, repeat not, speaking of sparklers or little fire crackers! These are full-fledged fireworks! I wonder why my family cannot have their rights to enjoy our home like everyone else demands?

7/5/2018 12:09 p.m.

Family time outside.

7/5/2018 10:50 a.m.

Alone. :(

7/5/2018 2:09 a.m.

I don't. #FifthColumn

7/4/2018 7:44 p.m.

Other is the only one that fits. We are in our 70's, live check to check from SS, and I am disabled. When we're not trying to figure out how to buy medicine or food this week, we than sit and watch OTA TV. No money to go anywhere, no ability to go anywhere, etc. So we sit here and age.

7/4/2018 7:27 p.m.

Nothing. Don't care.

7/4/2018 7:18 p.m.

Reading about how our so-called president works with the Russians to compromise a federal election and also the corruption that runs rampant in his illegitimste administration. Also. Cook burgers.

7/4/2018 1:48 p.m.

Enjoy the freedom this country provides before the sanctuary city supporting Democrats open the borders and terminate America.

7/4/2018 9:27 a.m.

Work my butt off to pay the ridiculous taxes NYS demands.

7/4/2018 9:04 a.m.

This year we are just trying to stay cool.

7/4/2018 7:15 a.m.

Kayaking and enjoying the sights of NNY. Maybe some fireworks in the evening.

7/4/2018 12:11 a.m.

I set off homemade fireworks, shoot guns, get drunk and hire a Canadian hooker.

7/3/2018 5:58 p.m.

Will just pass the day and evening watching the fireworks shot up by surrounding families as one here can buy all the fireworks they can afford and fire them off to their heart's content!

7/3/2018 5:52 p.m.

By going to Canada.

7/3/2018 5:15 p.m.

WE have a big picnic to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

7/3/2018 12:19 p.m.

Nothing really.

7/3/2018 11:06 a.m.

To everyone enjoy family and friends and life! Praise god.

7/3/2018 10:15 a.m.

Same as any St. Lawrence County holiday -- I'll get up when I wake up (sleep late often because I don't work) then I'll pop a beer and start yelling at my wife and kids. By noon I'll be sunburned and drunk -- maybe I'll take a nap in order to be rested for the evening when the yelling will turn to hitting and the cops show up. Just what the founding fathers had in mind!

7/3/2018 7:49 a.m.

How will I spend my July 4? By trying to stay away from drunken crowds and obnoxious fireworks.

7/3/2018 7:48 a.m.

Fireworks and July 4 Parade.

7/3/2018 7:02 a.m.

Enjoy getting together with family and friends for barbecues and tall cold drinks, play some cards, a little fishing, a nice long drive into the Adirondacks and lunch out, some biking, some hiking, some good books.

7/2/2018 5:43 p.m.

Nonsense questions. How about asking something above the grade school level... something that matters.

7/2/2018 4:18 p.m.


7/2/2018 3:52 p.m.

I cut my hand with an iron nail, stanch the wound with a dollar bill, then burn the bloodsoaked $1 with my copy of the Bill of Rights and rub my hands with the ashes. I say a prayer for the naïve men and women enlisted to fight for a farce and a small footed, orange skinned oligarch, then dream of better times all whilst preparing for the worst of times, using my tax bill as a rag to clean my rifle.

7/2/2018 2:15 p.m.

Stay home and worry about paying Potsdam village taxes and water/sewer. Potsdam Village motto "To punish and drain village taxpayers."

7/2/2018 1:21 p.m.

Sit home alone and hope my electric and AC does not go out.

7/2/2018 12:56 p.m.

We stay off of the roads because of people who drink and drive. Many folks use the 4th as another excuse to get drunk.

7/2/2018 10:46 a.m.

Called "farming."

7/2/2018 9:25 a.m.

This year someplace COOL!!

7/2/2018 8:13 a.m.

Just another day.

7/2/2018 6:53 a.m.

Blow stuff up in Lisbon.

7/2/2018 6:44 a.m.